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Pierre Lassonde pavilion to open on June 24


April 29, 2016
by Canadian Architect

Copyright OMA, Photograph by Iwan Baan

Copyright OMA, Photograph by Iwan Baan

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has announced that it will open its new building, the Pierre Lassonde pavilion, on June 24, 2016.  Designed by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in collaboration with Provencher_Roy architectes of Montréal, the pavilion will transform the 83-year-old institution—the first museum established by the government of Québec—while drawing together the street life of central Québec City and the landscape of the scenic Parc des Champs-de-Bataille.  Increasing the museum’s exhibition space by 90 percent, the new 14,900-square-metre pavilion will provide a spacious and distinctively contemporary gateway to the institution’s existing complex of buildings. 

The Musée des beaux-arts du Québec, whose mission is to promote and preserve Québécois art from the ancient to contemporary periods and to showcase international art in Québec, will inaugurate the new pavilion with five exhibitions showcasing their impressive collections of contemporary Québécois and Inuit art.  The pavilion’s opening coincides with the Québec’s national holiday, La Fête nationale, which will be celebrated with three days of free public programs and festivities. 

Copyright OMA, Photograph by Iwan Baan

Copyright OMA, Photograph by Iwan Baan

“Our design stacked three gallery volumes in a cascade that continues the topography of the park. The activity of the city extends below, providing a new point of interface between the city and the park,” said Sho Shigematsu, the partner at OMA leading the design. “Art becomes a catalyst that allows the visitor to experience all three core assets—park, city, and museum—at the same time.”

The Pierre Lassonde pavilion faces the main artery of Québec City’s Grande Allée. Behind the new pavilion, the three existing pavilions of the museum (dating from 1867, 1933 and 1991, respectively) stand within the historic Parc des Champs-de-Bataille. The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion connects with this complex through a 130 metre  long below-grade passageway while presenting a transparent façade directly on the Grande Allée, where it creates a new public plaza.

Copyright OMA, Photograph by Iwan Baan

Copyright OMA, Photograph by Iwan Baan

Within the pavilion, column-free galleries for installations from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, a café and a museum store are housed in three volumes of decreasing size, which are stacked so that they rise in stepped tiers from the park to the streetfront on Grand Allée. A Grand Hall that is 12.5 meter high faces Grande Allée, where the topmost tier’s dramatic 26.5-metre cantilever shelters an urban plaza. Orchestrated views from a monumental spiral stair and an exterior pop-out stair orient the visitor to the park, the city and the rest of the museum. Within the volumes, mezzanines and overlooks link the temporary and permanent exhibition spaces. On top of each of the volumes, roof terraces provide space for outdoor displays and activities.

 




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